How to Check Computer Clock Speed

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How to Check Computer Clock Speed
Your computer's clock speed synchronises your computer's components (buttons of keyboard image by robootb from Fotolia.com)

You need to check your computer clock speed or rate from time to time, especially if you have been experiencing hardware problems, because it regulates the rate at which instructions are executed and synchronises your computer's components. If the computer's rate is not up to speed, it will affect your computer's performance and will cause central processing unit issues. Whether you have Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, checking your computer clock speed is simple and will only take a few moments.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Windows Operating System

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Instructions

    Checking Your Clock Speed Via CMOS & from the Microsoft Windows Taskbar

  1. 1

    Restart your computer.

  2. 2

    Look for the words "CMOS/BIOS" or "Boot Menu."

  3. 3

    Tap the key that you need to access your Boot Menu or CMOS/BIOS. In most cases, it is the "Esc" key, but can range anywhere from F1 to F10, depending on your computer.

    The clock is located near the top of the CMOS screen, labelled under "Date and Time." You will see the seconds counting down.

    Checking by Microsoft Windows Task Bar

  1. 1

    Right-click on the date and time on the task bar, and click "Adjust Date/Time" in that menu.

  2. 2

    Go to the Internet Time tab, and click the "Change settings" button located near the bottom of that window. Take note that your "Synchronize with an Internet time server" should be clicked.

  3. 3

    In the "Server" scroll down menu, choose either "time.nist.gov," "time-nw.nist.gov," "time-a.nist.gov" or "time-b.nist.gov."

  4. 4

    Click the 'Update Now' button and wait for synchronising. Once it's complete, it will set the date and time to it's correct setting, if necessary.

  5. 5

    Click "OK,"then OK again on the "Date and Time" menu.

Tips and warnings

  • You can change your date and time by using your arrow keys on your keyboard. Take note that you will be prompted to save before you exit.

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